Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Allegation Against Gillibrand Aide Follows #MeToo Template: Another Day, Another Leftist Accused

Allegation Against Gillibrand Aide Follows #MeToo Template: Another Day, Another Leftist Accused

Last summer, a female staffer in Gillibrand's office resigned over the office's handling of an investigation into allegations that a senior aide, Abbas Malik, had made unwanted sexual advances toward her and had a reputation for making lewd jokes and demeaning comments about women's appearance.

Gillibrand was spearheading efforts to change how Congress handles allegations of sexual harassment previous year as the female aide-who wanted to remain anonymous due to fear of retaliation and damage to her future career-accused the senator of going against her own "public belief that women shouldn't accept sexual harassment in any form". Kirsten Gillibrand, a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, has come under fire for her handling of a sexual harassment complaint in her office despite her campaign's focus on fighting against such harassment.

One of those two former staffers said Malik often called her fat and unattractive to her face and made light of sexual abuse.

"I deeply valued her, which is why we took her allegations immediately, investigated them immediately, and did a professional and thorough investigation". "[My positions] certainly weren't empathetic and they were not kind and I did not think about suffering in other people's lives", she said of her anti-immigration votes, in a January interview with CNN.

Malik served two tours in Iraq and had a title in the senator's office related to military affairs, but his primary responsibility was to serve as Gillibrand's driver.

Politico also reported the staffer sent a letter to Gillibrand claiming, "Your office chose to go against your public belief that women shouldn't accept sexual harassment in any form and portrayed my experience as a misinterpretation instead of what it actually was: harassment and ultimately, intimidation".

And an explosive new Politico report suggests that her strong stands against sexual misconduct and sexual harassment don't always extend to her inner circle - to her own office and staff.

The staffer alleged the man retaliated against her after she reported the harassment. He did not respond to the website's requests for comment.

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Not long after Gillibrand announced her presidential campaign, I wrote that I considered her a long-shot, but wouldn't count her out.

"When I had the courage to speak up about my harasser, I was belittled by her office and treated like an inconvenience", the woman told Politico.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand took questions from reporters Monday evening outside the Capitol building, addressing for the first time allegations that her office didn't properly probe an allegation of sexual harassment a year ago.

The woman resigned from Gillibrand's office because of how her higher-ups handled the aftermath of the sexual harassment investigation, she said.

Gillibrand's office did not use a third-party to conduct the investigation into the woman's claims even though experts like Kristin Nicholson, co-founder of Congress Too, said it "seems to be a method that increases fairness for all parties concerned", according to Politico.

That puts her level of support below that of New York City Mayor Bill DiBlasio, who is rumored to be interested in running for president but hasn't declared, and former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, whose name recognition among voters is nearly non-existent. "I told her that we loved her at the time and the same is true today". But some major Democratic donors say they will not support her after her vilification of former Democratic Minnesota Sen.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Gillibrand's office for comment but did not receive a response at the time of publication.

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